Graduate Program

M.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Graduate Program Mission Statement

The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares students to become speech-language pathology professionals who can assess, diagnose and treat clients of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and to practice across the lifespan and across all settings.

  • To prepare highly qualified professionals in speech-language pathology who exceed the guidelines of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) for clinical and academic preparation;
  • To prepare speech-language pathology professionals of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to assess, diagnose and treat clients of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds; and
  • To act as a resource for the University and community by serving as consultants, facilitators and authorities in the various areas of communication disorders.

Our Graduate Program:

  • Student Outcome Data / Graduate Program Characteristics - Read more about our graduate students and applicants.
  • 100% of our masters graduates are employed upon graduation.
  • Since 1993, 99% of our masters students passed the National Exam in Speech Language Pathology on the first attempt.
  • 94% retention rate for graduate students over the past 15 years.
  • As a small program you will have one to one interaction with the faculty. In exit interviews, graduates have noted that this is one of the program's greatest strengths.
  • While Whitewater has the feel of a university community, it also has easy access to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago.
  • The M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). If you have any questions or concerns about standards or ethics contact ASHA at 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
    • CAA Invites Public Comments on our graduate program. How: Attend public meeting on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Where: Roseman 1040. You may submit written comments prior to our accreditation site visit in accordance with the procedures as specified in the CAA's policy on public comment: 1) All comments about this program are due in the CAA office no later than fifteen (15) days before Nov. 3, 2014;  2) Comments should relate to the program's compliance with the CAA's published standards for accreditation of graduate education programs in speech-langue pathology;  3) Written comments should identify the UW-W Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program. Standards for graduate education program accreditation in speech-language pathology and the CAA's policy and procedures on public comment are available on the ASHA website These documents also may be obtained by sending a written request to the Accreditation Office at ASHA, 2200 Research Blvd., #310, Rockville, MD 20850, by calling ASHA's Action Center at 800-498-2071, or by sending an email to Those with questions about this may contact our office at (262) 472-1301 or